Sports Drinks & Your Teeth
Whilst it is indeed true that drinking enough fluid can keep a person hydrated
both during and after a work out and the need for the body to be adequately
hydrated at all times is of utmost importance, dental researchers have
discovered that if sports drinks are consumed in excess it can lead to severe
tooth decay if not treated properly.
The above finding came to light after experiments were carried out which
involved the cutting in half of calves` teeth and immersing each half either in
a sports drink or water. After only seventy five to ninety minutes the teeth
which had been placed in the sports drink began to show signs of decay in that
tiny holes started to appear, whereas the halves of teeth that were placed in
water showed no signs of decay whatsoever. Unfortunately, brushing one`s teeth
after consuming a sports drink would be to no avail and could, in fact, only
exacerbate the problem due to the presence of citric acid in the drink which
actually softens the tooth enamel thus making it even more vulnerable to harsh
As well as potentially harming one`s teeth should they be taken in excess,
these drinks are not necessarily good for the body either as they are known to
contain up to two thirds the amount of sugar as sodas and even more sodium.
Furthermore, they sometimes contain high levels of fructose as well as food
colouring and artificial colours which really should not be present in the
People who exercise as a means of trying to lose weight should be aware that
sports drinks can be anything but slimming. In fact, exercisers could be taking
in even more calories during their workout whilst consuming a sports drink than
they burn! There are, however, a number of low calorie sports drinks on the
market but even so these tend to contain a lot of artificial sweeteners which
can be even worse for the body than sugar or corn syrup, the latter containing
a high amount of fructose. Furthermore, a lot of them contain a high amount of
processed salt too, which is intended to replace the electrolytes one loses
through sweat induced exercise. Nevertheless, unless one is sweating
excessively over a period of time the body does not really need the extra salt
these drinks provide and over time they could be potentially harmful to one`s
health. Also, as salt increases one`s thirst a sports drink will not quench it
but only prompt one to drink even more.
Thankfully, should one`s teeth become damaged through excess use of sports
drinks, at least remedial dentistry and other treatments such as teeth
whitening are available for consideration. However, the long term affects
of over consumption of sports drinks on the body is not good at all and these
affects cannot, perhaps, be as easily remedied as damage to the teeth can.
Furthermore, the consumption of sports drinks is only understood to benefit
just 1% of the people who drink them.
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